TIAA Anti-Crime Specialists have seen an increase in referrals regarding staff who are working remotely having a second full time job.
As the pandemic has greatly increased opportunities for home working, staff are juggling more than one full time job, and of course keeping each a secret from the other employer, while earning a double salary.
The Guardian has published an interesting article on the subject with workers describing how easy it can be to lead a double life, with one worker explaining that they attended meetings while a family member who was unemployed actually did the bulk of their work using their corporate login.
Read the full article here;
- Does the worker fail to attend on-line meetings, or appear distracted when they do attend?
- Have they missed training or induction sessions with no reasonable explanation?
- Is their productivity below expectations?
- Are emails being sent outside of normal working hours?
- Does their Outlook calendar reflect the job they do?
- Is the worker difficult to get hold of?
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- Do contracts specify that doing any other kind of work requires permission?
- Is it the organisation’s policy that any other kind of work needs to be formally declared?
- Does the organisation’s sickness policy specify that working while off sick needs prior permission?
- Managers should ensure that their staff have sufficient work for their job role, and monitor progress. If a home worker has an undemanding job which is not monitored, there is greater temptation for the worker to take on a second job.